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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk fight almost agreed with just ‘three small issues’ to be thrashed out

HEAVYWEIGHTS Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are close to agreeing their world title fight, according to the contender’s promoter.

AJ has been ordered to fight the undefeated Ukrainian by the WBO and they are likely to meet on September 25.

Anthony Joshua, 31, is set to fight Oleksandr Usyk in September
The 34-year-old Ukrainian is yet to suffer a professional defeat

Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has told the Daily Mail: “According to my experience in boxing, the fight is done when both fighters enter the ring and the bell sounds.

“We just have three small issues to co-ordinate, which we’re going to do tonight [on Wednesday, July 7].

“We have a conference call to fix everything and to proceed with signing [contracts].

“[It’s] some small risky things, which are not likely to happen. But we are professionals and we need to secure even the lowest possibility issues.

“That’s why we keep saying, ‘The principal things have been coordinated a long time ago.’ But all those small issues are in progress. Nothing major.

“We keep saying we’re going to make it within a couple of days. But the issue is our lawyers are in the United States, we’re in Ukraine, [AJ’s] guys are in the UK.

“We don’t need to talk much, we just need to agree on small issues and to proceed further.”


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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has previously confirmed the fight will take place in September, with the venue believed to Tottenham’s stadium.

AJ, 31, is the favourite for the fight and currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.

The British fighter has been backed to KO his opponent within three rounds by his sparring partner Emanuel Odiase.

Usyk is new to the division but is undefeated after becoming boxing’s first undisputed cruiserweight champion.

The 34-year-old has been preparing for the fight by training with Vasily Lomachenko’s dad Anatoly.